Restaurant workers feted as lifesavers

 By Megan Wenzl

The Muskegon Chronicle
 
GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (AP) — When Timothy Stanton suffered a seizure at the Grand Haven McDonald’s recently, restaurant managers Chelsea Winkelman and Jane Hinternish wasted no time and did what came natural.
 
They rushed to Stanton’s aid, called 911 and assisted the 49-year-old Allendale man while getting instruction from the dispatcher over the phone.

On Tuesday, Nov. 5, Winkelman and Hinternish were honored for their heroism.

“It’s just good citizenship to help the next person. It’s just the right thing to do,” Hinternish told The Muskegon Chronicle when she and Winkelman received certificates from Michael Zalewski, vice president of Seyferth Public Relations, at the Grand Haven McDonald’s.

“We had an employee come and tell us that there was a man on the floor who needed help,” Hinternish said.

Winkelman, shift manager at the Grand Haven McDonald’s, initially called 911. She then gave the phone to Hinternish, a general manager, to talk with the dispatcher. Hinternish asked the dispatcher to guide her through the process of helping Stanton, as he was bubbling at the mouth while lying on his back.

The dispatcher told Hinternish to lay Stanton on his side. Winkelman and Hinternish were able to turn Stanton on his side, which stopped the bubbling from Stanton’s mouth.

“I just sat with him, talking to him and rubbing his arm — trying to let him know that someone was with him,” she said. “I truly believed he was dying.”

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